Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said: ‘What surprises us is that at a time when the IAEA is intensifying its efforts and monitoring [NPT] member countries… we see that it continues to ignore the rejection of Israel in not joining the treaty – This constitutes a serious threat to the security and stability of the whole region.’

Prince Saud’s comments were reaffirmed by Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmed Maher. ‘It is unacceptable that Israel’s possession of such weapons should remain a reality that some prefer to ignore or prevent the international community… from facing it squarely and frankly.’